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Six Faces Of Peru

Discover the lost land of the Incas on an escorted tour to the Six Faces of Peru: Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu; Lima; Arequipa; Puno and Lake Titicaca; Colca; and the spectacular tropical rainforests of the Peruvian Andes.

  • Peru

  • 17 nights
  • Half Board & Four Lunches
  • Worldwide Journeys

    Culture

    Landscape

    Mountains

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  • Average group size: 12-14

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Walking grade

Grade 4

This is a Sightseeing Grade 4 holiday. It combines sightseeing around outstanding pre Hispanic sites of which Machu Picchu is the most celebrated example, and walking in the Peruvian Andes. This walking will generally be on good paths with plenty of stops so our local guides can bring to life the significance of what we are seeing. There are plenty of opportunities for walking through beautiful scenery. The walks will be at high altitude, for instance the Taquille walk starts on the shores of Lake Titicaca at about 3800m. The walks will be at a slow pace to take account of the altitude and will typically last a maximum of 3hrs. Paths are generally good underfoot. However they are sometimes stony and steep for short sections so walking poles can be useful.

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Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore Peru's treasures: gain deeper understanding with expert guides throughout.
  • Discover the mysteries of Machu Picchu: From the Sun Gate to the Citadel.
  • Marvel at Colca Canyon's splendour: spot soaring condors and wild alpaca herds.
  • Immerse yourself in the Amazon Rainforest: walk, canoe, and discover flora and fauna.
  • Sail the serene Lake Titicaca: visit spectacular Floating Islands of the Uros Indians.
  • Experience the best of Cuzco, Lima, and Taquile, with expertly escorted tours.
  • Book your unforgettable Peru adventure now!

Peru’s ancestral Incan landscape offers world-renowned tourism, a bucket-list visit for any keen traveller. The terrain is vast and varied, from soaring Andean peaks to dense Amazon rainforest and deeply sculpted Colca Canyon. Peru boasts awe-inspiring biodiversity; flourishing flora and fauna, incredible birdlife, and the chance to see a fantastic number of species. 

The first leg of our journey begins in bustling Lima, with time to explore the capital’s imposing colonial landmarks and pre-Columbian art. We then fly into the volcanic region of Arequipa, where the dormant giant, El Misti, towers above at 5,800m high. Known as the White City, its Spanish style, Baroque buildings are constructed from white volcanic stone. We’ll explore the historic centre, stopping off at the 16th Century Santa Catalina monastery, which served as a cloister from the early days of Spanish conquest. 

Next on our tour to Peru, we drive across the arid altiplano, spotting herds of vicuna and llamas grazing beside the deep ravines of Colca Canyon, one of the natural wonders of the world. Marvel at the immense wingspan of wild condors rising up on the morning thermals. 

Enjoy a sailing trip to Lake Titicaca’s golden floating islands before travelling out to Taquile Island for perhaps the best walk of the holiday. Taquile is known for its iconic alpaca wool textiles, hand-dyed traditional colours with local minerals and vegetables and boasts spectacular views across Lake Titicaca to the Andean peaks. 

Once capital of the Incan Empire, we’ll visit the ancient city of Cuzco, standing over 3,000m high in the Peruvian Andes. Enjoy spectacular views of the Sacred Valley as we take an escorted tour to incredible archaeological sites. 

We’ll visit one of the best Andean markets at Pisac, follow winding cobblestone streets to the Incan city of Ollantaytambo, and the incredible ruins of Sacsayhuaman fortress.

A breath-taking train journey takes us to the Lost City of Machu Picchu, Peru’s historic sanctuary. An iconic symbol of Inca civilisation, the citadel was built around 1450AD and boasts UNESCO World Heritage status as well as being named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu is the height of urban creation, featuring giant stone walls carved into natural escarpments and outstanding religious, ceremonial, astronomical, and agricultural stone structures. 

We fly from Cuzco to Puerto Maldonaldo, where we then continue by boat down the Madre de Dios for a river cruise to our jungle lodge. We will walk, canoe, and explore the Amazon Rainforest jungle with an expert local guide for unique insights. A canoe trip on Lake Sandoval offers the chance to spot giant otters, howler monkeys, macaws, and caiman.

  • Return flights from London to Lima.
  • Internal flights as per the itinerary.
  • Airport transfers.
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast.
  • Dinners taken in the hotels or in local restaurants.
  • Four lunches.
  • English speaking local guide throughout.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach.
  • A 'Water to Go' filter bottle posted to you before departure.
  • The services of an Discover tour leader throughout.
  • Entrance fees to all included sites.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

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Tour Codes

45900

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Lima

Accommodation

You depart London to fly to Lima. On arrival you transfer to the Lima hotel where you stay for one night. Dinner is not included tonight but the leader will point out options to those that wish to eat.

Transfer Time = 45mins

Day 2

Arequipa

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

After breakfast you will have a sightseeing trip in Lima including the Plaza de Armas and the Church of San Francisco. You will visit the Larco Museum and take lunch at the museum restaurant. Late afternoon you fly to Arequipa (two nights) situated 2,335m above sea level, the most "colonial" city in Peru. It is a good place to begin acclimatisation to high altitude. Please note dinner is not included this evening but the town square, a short walk from the hotel, has plenty of eating options. Your tour leader will advise.

Day 3

Arequipa

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    0/100m

This is the desert or arid region, some 600 miles south of Lima. Arequipa is known as the ‘White City’ because many of its buildings have been made from sillar, the white volcanic rock quarried locally. This morning we will take a bus to Carmen Alto for a morning walk. We start walking down from here, to the viewpoint of Yanahuara.  We have a quick stop for some Queso Helado, an Arequipa classic treat, and continue to the Alpaca Workshop: “Mundo Alpaca”. After that we will keep walking to the first “Barrio” of Arequipa, Barrio San Lazaro, where we can appreciate all the architectural beauty of its mansions, temples, museums, theatres and the Plaza de Armas, built of ashlar. In the afternoon, we will visit the monastery of Santa Catalina to see the architecture, art and furniture of a world that has stood still since 1570, hotel is within walking distance of the square so we can return to the hotel on foot. 

Day 4

Colca

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

This morning you depart by coach on the road through the magnificent scenery of the high pampa and over the 4,900m Patapampa Pass. This will be the highest altitude reached on the holiday and hence the place the affects of altitude are most likely to be felt so we will not stop at the pass this time. Instead we descend to Chivay village and the hotel for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. On the journey herds of vicuna, lama and alpaca are often seen along with Andean bird life.

Day 5

Colca

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

You visit the valley of the Colca Canyon, setting out early in order to see condors. On a good day these huge birds fly astonishingly close. Later there is a walk to Cabanaconde village for lunch where we can also enjoy the beautiful view from “The Mirador”. You will visit the typical villages of Pinchollo and Maca, visit the church and the village of Yanque. You will walk to the ruins of Uskallaqta, that are on the way between the villages of Yanque and Chivay.

Day 6

Puno

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

From Colca you take the road back over the Patapampa Pass and continue to Puno arriving late afternoon for a two night stay. The journey takes about 6hrs. This time, being better acclimatised, we can stop to sample life at high altitude. It is likely there will be patches of snow at the pass. We will stop briefly at in the town of Coporaque. Before arriving at Puno, we will visit the funerary complex of Silustani where you can see a series of impressive tombs, known as ‘chullpas’. 

Day 7

Puno

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    180m

Puno lies on a bay of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at 3,827m. It sits amidst bleak, almost treeless countryside, with the peaks of the Cordillera Real in the far distance. The local people have retained many ancient customs, which with the existence of pre-Hispanic and colonial monuments make the area another fascinating region to visit. We will visit the Island of Taquile in Lake Titicaca the home of skilled weavers and knitting men. The walk across Taquile Island for many will be the most spectacular walk of the holiday. It takes about an hour to walk up from the jetty to the town where you can take lunch is a local cafe, you then descend back down to the boat. We also stop to see some of the ‘floating’ islands of the Uros Indians in the lake. 

Day 8

Cuzco

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

You travel by road the 250 miles from Puno through mountainous country to Cuzco (approx. 8 hours) for one night. Today lunch is included in local restaurant on route. Close to Cuzco we stop at Piquillacta for the walk to Huacarpay Lagoon. The area includes four permanent lagoons, a seasonal lagoon and marshes that connect the bodies of water. The visit to Cuzco is made for for several reasons not least for its Inca and Spanish colonial remains and the local people who have retained their original clothing and customs but also for the outstanding beauty of the scenery. This region has a strong character of its own. The city is sited at over 3,000m in the Andes. Little is known of its history before the arrival of Pizarro’s rampaging armies. During your stay here there is an opportunity to see the magnificent architecture of the convents and churches.

Day 9

Yucay

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    140/540m

You leave Cuzco early and drive out to the Sacred Valley to walk down from the ruins above Pisac into the market, another walk with spectacular views. The walk descends on a good path but there is some exposure. It takes about 2hrs at a gentle pace with plenty of time to enjoy and photograph the view. The market in Pisac at the end of the walk is probably the best place to buy local crafts on the holiday. You stay one night in the Sacred Valley.

Day 10

Machu Picchu

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

This morning, you will visit Ollantaytambo, a typical example of the extraordinary urban planning of the Incas. The town offers cobbled and winding streets, the ruins scattered everywhere, and agricultural terraces above. Among the ruins, you will visit the old fortress and the temple, which offers magnificent views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Later, we take an afternoon train for Machu Picchu. We travel the 70 miles by train for a night in the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo below Machu Picchu. The train journey takes about 90mins through spectacular scenery and is another highlight of the holiday. On arrival in Machu Picchu Pueblo it is short walk to the hotel. Tonight, dinner is included at the hotel.

Day 11

Cuzco

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350m

You have an early start and take minibuses up to Machu Picchu to enjoy the early morning light and a full guided tour of the ruins before the midday crowds arrive. There will be plenty of time to take in the site, undoubtedly one of the wonders of the world. There is a very good reason why Machu Picchu is a world renown tourist site. There should be time to walk up to the Inti Punku gate. This is the end of the Inca Trail and offers a great view over the site. The walk climbs on a well trodden, if rocky, trail. We catch the early afternoon train back to Cuzco and to the hotel where we stay three further nights.

Day 12

Cuzco

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50/250m

The day begins with a coach journey to Qenqo 20 minutes outside Cusco, this place of worship is located at what is now known as the Socorro hill. The walk starts down from here, to the viewpoint of Cristo Blanco, this statue is 8 meters high and is located on the Pukamoqo hill (Red Hill), stop for some pictures and keep going to Sacsayhuaman. This is an enormous construction on the outskirts of Cuzco of whose walls Pedro Sancho wrote in 1534: "Spaniards who have seen them say that not even the Bridge of Segovia nor any construction of Hercules or the Romans can be compared to this". It is possible for clients to walk back down to Cusco from Sacsayhuaman for those who would like. Back in Cuzco you will spend time with our local guide taking the myriad city sights.

Day 13

Cuzco

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

This is planned as a free day for you to relax or explore Cuzco in more depth. There are plenty of options to consider.

Day 14

Jungle Lodge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

You fly from Cuzco down the Andes to Puerto Maldonaldo. You will then be met from the plane by our agent's team at Puerto Maldonado. After being welcomed at the airport in Puerto Maldonado and you will be taken to the boat dock on the Tambopata River. Here we board a motorized canoe and head towards the nearby confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios River. We travel about 30 minutes down river to the landing stage to disembark. You will walk about 3km (2 miles), stopping to watch birds and butterflies, before reaching another pier where we take boats to the lodge. We navigate the flooded forest of palm trees that leads to Lake Sandoval. The crew will row the boats across to the lodge as engines are prohibited on the lake. Along the way look out for the huge paiche (an Amazonian fish that can weigh up to 100Kg/220lbs) and the giant otter. After arrival at the lodge and a brief rest, set out by boat to explore the eastern end of the lake, hopefully encountering hundreds of blue-and-yellow and red-breasted macaws as they return to the palm forest for the night. From the boats we should get some great views of the wildlife. We return to the lodge at dusk for dinner. After dinner we take the boat out again, in search of caiman. These can grow up to 4m long. They are now extremely rare in the Amazon but are still common in this protected lake. On clear nights we travel further by boat for a view of the vast southern sky, unobstructed, with its magnificent views of constellations and the Milky Way.

 

Day 15

Jungle Lodge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    10m

Just before dawn we will go out on the lake for what is often a spectacular sunrise; and hope for an encounter with the giant otters who active at this time of day. Most of the birds that inhabit the lake are also very active. Later we will walk the trail through the understory of primary rainforest that surrounds the lake. We will see the great Chestnut trees that abound here. After lunch we rest for an hour and then explore the west side of the lake where we will have chances to observe different species of monkey. Before dinner there is a video presentation on the Peruvian Jungle. After dinner those who would like will have the opportunity to go caiman spotting on the lake.

Day 16

Lima

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast there is a final paddle through palm swamps on the west end of the lake. On the clearer mornings a glorious sunrise and its reflection can be seen in the lake. We return to the Madre de Dios River and head towards Puerto Maldonado and from there on to the airport. From here you fly back to Lima for our last night. 

Day 17

In flight

Meals

Breakfast

You have free time in Lima, before transferring to Lima airport for our flight back to London.

Day 18

Travel

Arrive back in the Uk.

Departure dates for your selected tour

7th May 2025 - 24th May 2025 (17 Nights)

2nd Jul 2025 - 19th Jul 2025 (17 Nights)

27th Aug 2025 - 13th Sep 2025 (17 Nights)

1st Oct 2025 - 18th Oct 2025 (17 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Flights: London to Lima
  • Internal flights
  • Arrival transfer by road (c45mins).
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.


Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Antigua or similar

The Hotel Antigua building dates from 1923. Featuring antiques and original art, the pleasant rooms come with free Wi-Fi, TVs and safes. Breakfast served in a chic restaurant. There's a courtyard garden with a fountain to be enjoyed by guests.

Crismar Hotel or similar

Located in the Centro Histórico, Hotel Crismar is a 3-minute walk from both the Basílica Catedral de Arequipa and Plaza de Armas, the main square and a 5-minute walk from the Monasterio de Santa Catalina. Relaxed, simply decorated rooms come with free Wi-Fi, cable TV and minifridges. There's an informal restaurant and a bar. Breakfast is buffet style.

Casa Andina Standard Colca

The Casa Andina Colca Canyon is located in Chivay town a short walk from the Inca Bridge. The rooms are decorated in the local style and offer free Wi-Fi. Other amenities include a planetarium, a massage room and a cosy restaurant serving wood-fired pizzas amongst other things.

La Hacienda Hotel or similar

The Hacienda Hotel is close by Puno Cathedral, the Museo Carlos Dreyer and about 10 minutes walk from the shore of Lake Titicaca. The rooms offer flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The hotel has a bar and restaurant with views of the lake and the cathedral.

Munay Wasi Inn or similar

The Munay Wasi hotel is built in the hacienda style with whitewashed facade. It is close by the Qurikancha Inca ruins and 10 minutes from Cusco Cathedral. Featuring unique art, the warm rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen with cable channels, and fridges. Amenities include a restaurant with exposed beams, a casual bar and lounge area.

Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay or similar

In a superb location in the Sacred Valley, the Sonesta Posada is a former monastery built in the 18th century in the traditional Hispanic hacienda style. It has beautiful gardens through which friendly alpacas roam free. Friendly staff and an excellent restaurant all add to the experience of your stay. All rooms come with a safe, hairdryer, bathroom, telephone, cable TV and heater. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.


El Mapi Hotel or similar

El Mapi Hotel is set on a street lined with cafes and restaurants, with views of cloud forest. It is a 3 minute walk from Machu Picchu train station. The bright, modern rooms feature Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. A breakfast buffet is included. There’s a relaxed cafe, a sleek bar, and a serene spa offering cloud forest views.

Sandoval Lake Lodge or similar

Sandoval Lake Lodge is located 30 mins along the river from Puerto Maldonado. It is 30m from Sandoval Lake and 200m from the observation tower. Room feature private bathrooms with showers, safety deposit boxes and fans.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Sightseeing Grade 4 holiday. It combines sightseeing around outstanding pre Hispanic sites of which Machu Picchu is the most celebrated example, and walking in the Peruvian Andes. This walking will generally be on good paths with plenty of stops so our local guides can bring to life the significance of what we are seeing. There are plenty of opportunities for walking through beautiful scenery. The walks will be at high altitude, for instance the Taquille walk starts on the shores of Lake Titicaca at about 3800m. The walks will be at a slow pace to take account of the altitude and will typically last a maximum of 3hrs. Paths are generally good underfoot. However they are sometimes stony and steep for short sections so walking poles can be useful.

Walks & Excursions

Each evening, the leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. If you do not wish to join in the planned activities, please let the leader know. 

This holiday is predominantly sightseeing although as most of the sightseeing is done on foot you will still have plenty of opportunities to exercise. We have some excellent walks through stunning scenery but these are generally half-day walks taken at a gentle pace as we will be walking at high altitude. Good examples of the walks are the descent from Pisac Ruins to Pisac Market, a leisurely descent through stunning scenery and ancient ruins, Sacsayhuaman to Chacan and the walk across Taquile Island. These walks will take about 3 hrs. Obviously the visit to Machu Picchu will involve a lot of walking but it could not really be described as a walk. Do not worry unduly about walking at high altitude: we will walk at a slow pace stopping regularly to take in the stunning views. 

Please note: This itinerary has been planned to be busy and full-packed so that you make the most of your time and experience as much as possible. There will be some free time during the tour, for you to explore on your own or relax, and details will be confirmed locally by your leader.

Wildlife

Get closer to nature with holidays that veer on the wild side of life.

From safaris in Africa, to sea lion spotting on the Galápagos Islands and visits through tropical rainforests alive with bird song and frog chorus; we share our planet with some of the world’s most magnificent animals. Who wouldn’t want to see elephants trumpeting, lion’s prowling and buffalo’s bathing around the waterholes of the African plains?

Without being designated as specialist wildlife holidays intended specifically for wildlife enthusiasts, these holidays will appeal to the traveller who likes to see wild birds, mammals and reptiles up close in their natural environment. Some holidays will have naturalist guides, others will simply be escorted by non-specialist tour leaders with an interest in the natural world.

On our Six Faces of Peru holiday, we visit the Amazon jungle, probably the richest wildlife environment on the planet. Whilst staying in our jungle lodge expert local guides will take us out to encounter many, many species. Highlights might include Giant Otter, Howler Monkeys and Caiman. Prepare for a unique and wonderful experience.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Holiday Currency

The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol (PEN). US Dollars are also widely accepted in tourist shops. ATMs dispense either Nuevo Sol or US Dollars. It is normally better to pay in Nuevo Sol and you will get a poor exchange paying in dollars.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

We fly with British Airways from London Gatwick direct to Lima and vice versa.

Within Peru we travel by air, rail, small boat and road as per the itinerary above. Details of your baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately ten days before departure.

As we travel between eight hotels, and you will have to handle your own baggage, please try to travel reasonably light. You should be able to lift and carry your own luggage. At some hotels, the coach may have to stop some distance short of the hotel entrance. Also, within some of the hotels there may be some long walks between the rooms and lobby area, which may include steps. Your luggage should be kept to a maximum of 20kg (44lbs).

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passport Information for Peru

For entry into Peru a passport is required which should be valid for 6 months beyond your intended stay. Your passport is often required when checking into hotels and when changing money, so carry it with you on these occasions. It is also an excellent idea to memorise your passport number for the form filling. No visas are required for UK nationals.

Meals

The holiday is on a half board basis with breakfasts and dinners provided in hotels or local restaurants. Meals commence with breakfast on Day 2. Lunch is included on 4 days. Also please note we will provide lunch on Day 2 instead of dinner.

The food is generally excellent with potatoes, beans and rice predominate in the mountains and fish, particularly served raw as ceviche, a Peruvian classic, common on the coast.  Vegetarians are generally well catered for but some patience at mealtimes may be required.

On arrival at hotels you will on occasion be offered a Pisco Sour, the national drink.  It consists of Peruvian Pisco brandy, lime (or lemon) juice, syrup, ice, egg white, and bitters.  It tastes rather like angels crying on your tongue as any Peruvian will tell you.   Please do not confuse Peruvian Pisco with Chilean Pisco, both nations claim the spirit as their national drink.

Hotel Changes

The hotel(s) listed within this document are examples of standard only. Whilst we strive to deliver the hotel(s) listed within this Holiday Information Sheet, there will be times throughout the year when they change. You will be sent an accommodation list with air tickets about three weeks before departure. From time to time hotels will change near to departure and you will not be advised until after arriving into the destination. We always aim to provide a replacement of similar standard and location, although we cannot guarantee similar facilities such as pool or bar.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat
  • Head torch

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Holiday Specific Kit

We recommend that you to pack your clothing and equipment in a strong suitcase or holdall and take a small rucksack to carry those items you will need during the day. You will also require a small bag for the two night trip to the Amazon jungle and for your trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

New regulations on travelling to Machu Picchu mean we are no longer allowed to take suitcases on the train to and from Machu Picchu. Now our main suitcases are left under lock and key in Cuzco and we need an overnight bag for the night in Yucay and the night in Machu Picchu. Apparently there is a weight limit of 5kg for the bag you take on the train to Machu Picchu. This weight limit is not strictly enforced but please pack lightly. The rules for the site at Machu Picchu say that your rucksack should not be more than 20 litres as they want to avoid damage to the site from huge backpackers’ sacks. This is not rigidly enforced if you have a small enough looking pack. The rules also state that you are not allowed to bring walking poles unless you are ‘elderly or infirm’. No precise definition of who falls into these categories is given. If you bring poles they must have rubber ends on them and you should put them inside your rucksack along with your food (which is also banned). No rucksack searches are made.

For visiting the jungle the process is more straightforward. We take all luggage on the flight to Puerto Maldonado. Suitcases are left at the hotel's main office in Puerto Maldonado. You then need your overnight bag for the two nights in the jungle. Our local agent supplies clients with a small bag which is convenient for carrying water, binoculars etc. We pick up suitcases before boarding the plane back to Lima

We also recommend you take a waterproof jacket, trousers, some long-sleeved shirts, warm fleece together with thin jumpers, woollen socks, shorts and lighter summer clothes, swimwear and a towel. Also consider bringing wet wipes, universal sink plug and swimwear. Binoculars are essential for wildlife viewing the jungle. There is no electricity in the Amazon lodge after ten o’clock each night when they turn off the generator so a torch is strongly recommended.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Peru

Electricity is supplied at 110 Volts at 60Hz. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two pin North America style adaptor with flat pins. More information can be found at  https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

The following books have been recommended by previous clients:

  • Three Letters from the Andes - Patrick Leigh Fermor, Penguin
  • The Penguin History of Latin America - Edwin Williamson
  • Eight Feet in the Andes - Dervla Murphy, Flamingo
  • The Conquest of the Incas – John Hemmings
  • Inca Kola ~ A Travellers tail of Peru – Matthew Parris

Many local libraries stock a good selection of travel guides/books which may offer you more information on Peru. You may find the following website useful: Peru State Tourism: https://peru.info/en-us/ 

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Peru

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Peru.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Typhoid immunisation is recommended.

You might also like to consider immunisation against Rabies, Diphtheria and Yellow Fever.

There is a risk of Malaria in some low altitude regions and a very low risk in other parts of the country. 

Dengue fever and Zika virus also exist in Peru; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. 

Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.  

You should also be aware of issues associated with travelling at high altitudes. The lower atmospheric pressure at higher altitudes results in less oxygen finding its way into the blood. Problems usually start for most people at around 2,500 to 3,000 metres. If you reach this altitude gradually the body can accustom itself to having less oxygen, and once you are above it if you gain further height slowly you are less likely to have problems. It is important on arrival at destinations at this kind of altitude to rest for a few hours and not to over-exert yourself in the first day or two, as over-exertion can make altitude problems more likely. Local people also swear by coca leaf tea, which you will probably be offered on arrival, as a means of preventing or treating altitude problems. It is harmless and if you drink plenty of it, it will at least help you to avoid dehydration, something else that makes altitude problems more likely, so drink plenty of fluids (not alcohol!) at these high altitude destinations. Anybody who has a medical condition affecting blood circulation or breathing or has any other worries should consult their doctor before departure.

High Altitude

Altitude sickness can affect travellers whose itineraries take them above about 2,500m although some individuals can experience a milder form above about 1,900m. 

Early symptoms include a headache, nausea, shortness of breath, loss of appetite and insomnia.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Peru

  • Capital

    Lima

  • Currency

    Nuevo Sol

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    UTC -05:00

  • Flight duration

    12hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 90mm

  • February

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • March

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 97mm

  • April

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 53mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • June

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 18mm

  • July

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 16mm

  • August

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 19mm

  • September

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 31mm

  • October

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 50mm

  • November

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 55mm

  • December

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 72mm

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